Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Golden Claws of the Cat Girl (1968)

Director: Edouard Logereau

Starring: Daniele Gaubert, Michel Duchaussoy, Julien Guiomar, Carole Lebel, Albert Simono

More info: IMDb

Plot: Daniele Gaubert stars as Francoise, a trapeze artist turned cat burgler who, after being caught red-handed by the government, is forced to work for them on a job that should be a breeze. Assisted by undercover agent and gifted lip-reader Bruno (Michel Duchaussoy), Fran├žoise undertakes a daring heist to help nail a drug trafficking gang. Complications inevitably ensue.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

While watching this, especially during the opening heist, I couldn't help but be reminded of another and better flick that came out the same year, Mario Bava's really fun DANGER: DIABOLIK. DANGER oozed with style and a quirkiness that should have been in this picture. CAT GIRL feels like it was based on a comic book (like DANGER) but it takes itself too seriously but at the same time it's on the cusp of doing something playful and fun if that makes any sense. Had it crossed that line it would have been more enjoyable. I really like that they kill off a very important character when you least expect it. That was pretty damn cool. Maybe if they had waited just a few more months for DANGER to come out they would have altered the tone a little. I kind of wish they had because this could have been a total gas. Still, I did enjoy it and it's somewhat worthy entry into the Super Criminal/EuroSpy genre.

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